- Associated Press - Thursday, July 17, 2014

HACKBERRY, La. (AP) - Federal wildlife officials say lightning has sparked a wildfire in the Sabine National Wildlife Refuge in an area about eight miles south of Hackberry that has burned about 2,000 acres of marsh.

Jamie Farmer, fire management officer for the Southwest Louisiana National Wildlife Refuge Complex, said Thursday that westerly winds have caused smoke to reduce visibility along areas of Highway 27 and Highway 82.

He says the Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Office is putting up smoke warning signs along the roads as a precaution for motorists.

Officials say the fire has continued to burn as thunderstorms move over the area from the Gulf of Mexico. Flames as high as 10 to 20 feet have been reported.

Federal fire management staff and resources from Louisiana, Texas and Mississippi are monitoring the blaze.

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